James Cameron On Why He's Back to the Terminator Franchise

Posted 2017/08/14 0 0

The director is expected to “godfather” a new instalment from director Tim Miller.


Back in the 80s, director James Cameron sold the rights to The Terminator franchise for the low, low price of one dollar. Included in the deal was an agreement that Cameron would be allowed to direct the film. Even with selling at the remarkably low price, this was the right move for Cameron as it was key to launching his career. News broke back in January of this year that certain rights to the Terminator franchise will revert back to Cameron in 2019. This was welcome news after many considered Terminator: Genisys to be the death knell for the long-running franchise. Speaking to IGN, the director revealed what pulled him back in:

“When I became aware of the fact that I could back into a control position on the rights, then I started to ask myself artistically, ‘Is there anything there? Is there anything to be said that I haven’t already said, and that would even be relevant in the 2020s (when these hypothetical films would come out)?’ I thought, ‘Well, let’s look at that.’ I mean, a lot of the things that were science fiction in Terminator are now around us…and actual discussions on the ethics of having a robot have its own kill decision possibilities, things like that. It’s actually happening. So okay, maybe there is room for a film that examines these themes. It just has to be retooled for an audience’s expectations now.”

It’s also been revealed by James Cameron that the next film will explore the genesis of Arnold’s traditional T-800 character, and potentially the actual human prototype that all T-800 models are based on:

“You got to ask yourself, ‘Why did they make these characters look and sound like Arnold?’ There has to be a reason. So yeah, it has flashed through my mind that there has to have been a prototype. There has to have been a guy who’s DNA was harvested from, that they grew the organic outer layer that they grew the Terminator from…and that presumably was a real person at some point.”

Cameron hasn’t been involved with the Terminator series since 1991's Terminator 2: Judgment Day. The series has since included three additional films and The Sarah Connor Chronicles TV show, only a few of which Cameron has approved of. But, after the disappointment of Genisys, and the fact that the copyright reversion for the original property returns after 35 years, it seems like Cameron wants to put his baby to bed in some way. A way that he’d be a part of with Miller at the helm.

The Terminator is not the only franchise that James Cameron is hard at work on at the moment. In addition to diving back into the world of Skynet and the Connor family, Cameron is also in the process of developing and directing his four long-awaited Avatar sequels. There's a lot to get excited about, and something tells us that the 62-year-old director is going to remain at the forefront of technology and storytelling innovation for years to come.